Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Houston/Galveston, TX

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FXUS64 KHGX 182146
AFDHGX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
346 PM CST THU DEC 18 2014

.DISCUSSION...
UPPER TROF STILL ON TARGET TO MOVE INTO W & CNTL PARTS OF TEXAS
TONIGHT. AS THIS OCCURS...ASSOCIATED LARGE SCALE LIFT SHOULD
SUPPORT A BLOSSOMING OF SHRA & ISO TSRA ACTIVITY ALONG THE COAST
AND OFF TO OUR WEST LATER THIS EVENING...EVENTUALLY MOVING ACROSS
SE TX OVERNIGHT INTO THE EARLY AFTN HOURS FRI. WARM SECTOR SHOULD
REMAIN NEAR OF JUST OFF THE COAST AND OVERALL DYNAMICS TO POINT TO
A LOW THREAT OF WIDESPREAD STRONG STORMS. CANNOT RULE OUT A FEW
ISOLATED STRONGER CELLS NEAR THE COAST OR OFFSHORE...BUT PRIMARY
ISSUE WITH THIS SYSTEM WILL BE MODERATE RAINFALL.

PRECIP SHOULD TAPER OFF AS IT MOVES EAST DURING THE SECOND HALF OF
THE AFTN ON FRI AND FRONT SHOULD THEN PUSH THRU IN ITS WAKE. SOME
QUESTION REGARDING IF/WHEN CLOUDS CLEAR OUT THIS WEEKEND. FCST
SOUNDINGS INDICATE MOISTURE BEING TRAPPED UNDER STEEP LLVL
INVERSION. IF WE DON`T SEE BREAKS IN THE CLOUDS...BOTH HIGH & LOW
TEMPS WILL PROBABLY NEED TO BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY.

SFC HIGH PRES MOVES TO THE EAST LATE IN THE WEEKEND. 12Z NAM12
WAS BULLISH ON A COASTAL TROF AND ASSOCIATED PRECIP DEVELOPING
AHEAD OF NEXT TROF THAT PUSHES ACROSS THE STATE LATE SUNDAY.
NOTICED THE 18Z RUN HAS SINCE BACKED OFF THAT THINKING AND IS MORE
ALIGNED W/ THE DRIER GFS/ECMWF.

WESTERN RIDGE AMPLIFIES AND MID SECTION TROF DEEPENS EARLY IN THE
WEEK SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE NEXT COLD FRONT TO PUSH SOUTHWARD THRU
THE AREA ON TUE. AGAIN...WITH LIMITED TIME FOR MOISTURE RETURN WE`D
ANTICIPATE A MAINLY DRY FROPA. COOLER AND DRY IN THE WAKE OF THIS
FRONT - CONTINUING INTO XMAS EVE.

PATTERN QUICKLY TRANSITIONS TO A MORE ZONAL FLOW INTO WED/THUR AND
EXPECT A RAPID RETURN AND STRENGTHENING OF ONSHORE FLOW DURING ON
XMAS DAY. WOULD ANTICIPATE INCREASING CLOUDS WITH THE RETURN OF
GULF MOISTURE AND WARMING TEMPS. POSSIBLY SHORTS WX? IT`S A MUCH
BETTER BET THAN A WHITE XMAS...BUT TIME WILL TELL. 47

&&

.MARINE...
THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY JUST OFF THE COAST IS EXPECTED TO MOVE TO OR
JUST INLAND OF THE COAST LATER THIS AFTERNOON. THE MODELS ARE
PUSHING THE FRONT INLAND AS A SURFACE LOW OVER SOUTH TEXAS MOVES UP
THE COASTAL PLAIN TONIGHT. ON FRIDAY THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL MOVE
OFF THE COAST ONCE AGAIN.

IMPACTS WILL BE DEPENDENT UPON THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY. SURFACE
DEWPOINTS OVER THE GULF WERE REACHING INTO THE UPPER 60S TO NEAR 70
OFF THE MID AND SOUTH TEXAS COASTS. IF THIS AIRMASS WORKS ITS WAY
FAR ENOUGH NORTH...AT LEAST PATCHY SEA FOG WILL BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT
AND EARLY FRIDAY ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE FRONT. WINDS OVER THE GULF
WATERS HAVE ALSO DIMINISHED TODAY. THE MODELS DO INCREASE THE WIND
SPEEDS A BIT ON FRIDAY AFTER THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY PUSHES BACK OFF
THE COAST...AND CAUTION CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY DEVELOP AT LEAST OVER
THE 20 TO 60 NM ZONES. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD OVERHEAD ON
SUNDAY. WINDS WILL PROBABLY NOT INCREASE TO ABOVE CAUTION CRITERIA
UNTIL TUESDAY.  40

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
COLLEGE STATION (CLL)      52  55  46  55  44 /  90  80  10   0   0
HOUSTON (IAH)              56  60  48  56  45 /  90  80  20  10   0
GALVESTON (GLS)            63  65  51  55  51 /  80  80  20  10  10

&&

.HGX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
TX...NONE.
GM...NONE.

&&

$$



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